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Source: Society for Neuroscience
Although there are no pain-sensing fibers located in the brain, these fibers are present in nearby tissues. When they become activated, a headache can occur.
Source: Dana Foundation
The cochlear implant is a near-miraculous device, widely considered the most effective brain-machine interface technology yet developed. Now, researchers are working to make this very good implant even better.
Source: National Science Foundation

Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brains. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life?

Source: Society for Neuroscience
As the world population ages, cases of macular degeneration are likely to rise. Studies are examining ways to slow the disease and help patients regain sight.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Neuroscientist Damien Fair discusses how brain imaging is used to explore ways to better characterize developmental brain disorders like autism and ADHD.
Source: TED
After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself. Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.

Recent Neuroscience in the News

Source: BBC
Date: 25 Sept 2014
A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
Source: The Atlantic
Date: 23 Sept 2014
Gut bacteria play a role in mood and emotion. Are probiotics the key to a better antidepressant?
Source: LiveScience
Date: 23 Sept 2014
In these cells, the signals skip the cell body altogether, instead traveling along an axon that projects directly from one of the dendrites.
Source: NPR Shots Blog
Date: 22 Sept 2014
Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

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